2015 Pierre Henri Morel Chateauneuf du Pape Lieu Dit Pignan

- 750 ml
97
RP
Availability: In Stock
$62.95
Availability: In stock
Product ID
81249-750-AI

Wine Critic Reviews:

A true superstar, and I’m sure the greatest vintage of the cuvée to date (it should be better than the 2010, which I underrated on release), the 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Lieu Dit Pignan (100% Grenache aged all in concrete) is a massively rich, concentrated beauty that’s loaded with ripe blackberry and plum fruits, licorice, scorched earth and crushed flowers. Possessing an incredible mid-palate, killer purity of fruit and masses of sweet tannin, count me impressed, and my notes contained more than one “Wow!”

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 97 RP
The 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Lieu Dit Pignan is 100% Grenache from a lieu-dit that lies just next to Rayas, in the center of the appellation. It's a classic, structured 2015 that offers beautiful notes of blackberries, plums, licorice and roasted garrigue. Full-bodied, concentrated and structured, with enough tannin to warrant short-term cellaring, it's going to have 15-20 years of overall longevity. It’s unquestionably one of the top wines in the vintage.

Jeb Dunnuck | 96 JD
(aged in neutral demi-muids) Brilliant ruby. Expressive red fruit, potpourri and smoky mineral scents show impressive definition and pick up a suggestion of incense with aeration. Stains the palate with sweet, sharply defined raspberry, spicecake and lavender pastille flavors energized by juicy acidity. Densely packed but lively as well, finishing with excellent clarity, sneaky tannins and lingering red fruit and mineral flourishes.

Vinous Media | 93 VM
Licorice and dark chocolate notes spice this plush, mouthfilling wine. It's a big, powerful bottling concentrated with flavors of blackberry and plum compote and a warm, enveloping palate. Soft, chalky tannins add to its open-knit appeal and make it ready to enjoy now through 2025.

Wine Enthusiast | 92 WE
Pierre Henri Morel was the commercial director for M. Chapoutier when he started this winery in 2008, partnering with his boss to buy ten acres and borrow cellar space to make the wines. The 2015 is lush in sweet fruit, almost a confection until the earthy spice kicks in. Then it feels firm and sleek, a plush Châteauneuf that would fit in well at a steakhouse. Saranty Imports, Stamford, CT

Wine & Spirits | 91 W&S

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Availability In Stock
Vintage 2015
Format 750 ml
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer P.H. Morel
Rating 97 RP
Region Rhone: While the Northern Rhone produces only about 5% of all wine coming out of the Rhone Valley, the quality of these bottles is not to be underestimated. The terroir in this region is heavenly for growing Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne or Rousanne - the only permitted grapes in the AOC. Picture this - the Rhone flows through the valley like an azure thread piercing the landscape, a reflection of the dreamy skies hovering above the vineyards, ready to produce rainfall at a moment's notice. The rocky soil of the steep, almost surreal hillsides provides a bountiful feast for the grapevine roots. The flavors and texture of Northern Rhone wines tell you everything you need to know as soon as your lips touch the elixir, like a whisper in the vigorous valley winds As per the Southern Rhone wine, it is like taking a plunge into a whirlpool of juicy flavor. Every sip explodes forward like a crashing tsunami, bathing your tastebuds in delicious aromas of prune, chocolate, grass, and black fruit. The wines are so compelling that it can be hard to drink them casually at a social event without getting lost in their intricate textures and emotional depths. Let's set sail together, and drink deep from these luxurious bottles with our friends and loved ones.
Type of Wine Chateauneuf du Pape: You can expect Chateauneuf-du-Pape reds selection to wash over you with a combination of leather, game, tar, and delicious dried herbs, creating a spice mixture that commands respect from even the harshest non-believers. Chateauneuf-du-Pape whites are ever so refreshing and bold, frolicking in a field of floral notes and earthy minerals.
OWC No
Varietal Proprietary Blend: There's a level of mystery and intrigue when it comes to drinking a wine for which you're not fully informed about, and if that sounds like a thrilling idea to you, then you're probably already interested in proprietary blends. While the concept doesn't have a legal definition, it is used to describe blends whose components aren't disclosed by the producer. In many cases, the wine tends to be a Bordeaux-inspired blend, but this isn't always the case.
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